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What Exactly Is An Asthma Attack
Difficulty breathing: Asthma is due inflammation in the breathing tubes with mucus -- which causes narrowing of the tubes. It is often caused by allergies. Infection cold air. An allergist can help you figure out the cause and talk to you about an effective treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Attack...: During an asthma exacerbation, the inflammatory cascade in the airway is triggered leading to bronchospasm and airway inflammation. The airways become swollen and fill with inflammatory by-products like white blood cells, mucous, etc. Treatment is aimed at relieving the bronchospasm and inflammation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've had a history of Asthma but have never had an asthma attack. My mom is convinced I grew out of my Asthma but for the last few hours my chest has been tightening and when i breathe it feels very cold and hurts and this is exactly how I used to feel be
Exacerbation...: An asthma "attack" is an acute exacerbation of asthma caused by bronchospasm and inflammation of the airways. These exacerbations are recurrent but patients are often completely normal between attacks. Symptoms during the episode include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath. Patients may have low oxygen levels during the attack. Patients with these symptoms need immediate eval. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many triggers: Asthma starts with inflammation of the airways. That inflammation can be triggered by many exposures, such as allergies, infections, and weather changes. Irritants like cigarette smoke and dust can also start an asthma attack. Exercise for many people can also cause symptoms. In the last few years, acid reflux has been recognized as a cause for asthma. Avoiding & controlling these prevents attacks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maintenance med: Take flovent, advair, or some other asthma maintenance medicine as your first treatment. Asthma attacks occur when your maintenance treatment is overwhelmed and needs the assistance of an immediate-acting med such as albuterol. Avoid allergy and other asthma triggers, like smoke or fumes; and hopefully, then you will be able to avoid asthma attacks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: An "attack" can last from a few hours to days, depending on how well and how soon it is treated. Inflammation and bronchoconstriction (narrowing of the airways) need to be addressed in an exacerbation - the former with systemic steroids and the latter with bronchodilators (ex. Albuterol). Often, bronchodilators may be enough. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies...: Asthma exacerbation can last for a few minutes to a few days to weeks depending on the degree of bronchospasm and inflammation and how it responds to routine therapy. The earlier in the exacerbation a person seeks help, the sooner it typically responds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be bad: Asthma is a chronic airway inflammatory disease and can present with acute attack of asthma which can be mild,moderate or severe Patients with Asthma often carry resque inhalers with them and are trained to use them when they get an acute attack and some acute attacks are so severe that those patients end up admitted to hospital for treatment Most can be and are controlled at home these days ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rescue inhaler: Take your rescue inhaler (albuterol, proair, ventolin, xopenex) 2-6 puffs if you're having an attack. You can give it up to three times, 20 minutes apart, but if your symptoms do not improve, you should immediately go see a doctor for further evaluation. If your attacks are frequent, schedule a visit to your physician who can recommend maintenance medications to alleviate your symptoms. ...Read more
Triggers...: There can be triggers for asthma exacerbation including allergic triggers, infectious triggers, environmental triggers, etc. Sometimes, an allergist can verify asthma triggers in an individual patient. Some triggers can be avoided once identified. See your doctor to identify your triggers! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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